by Matthew Cobb This amazing footage shows about 1,000 dolphins following a ferry off the Gulf Islands in the Pacific off Vancouver, on 31 October. Pods this big are apparently not unusual, but seeing them so close to land and sea traffic is rare.
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Here is section 113 of the USA’s Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (free download), which became federal law in 2010. It outlines what the federal government’s responsibility is for protecting children, and how money will be given to prevent and treat child abuse. But this section gives some parents license to abuse their children—on […]
by Matthew Cobb Whether you are dressing up as a ghoul tonight, you are a grump who ignores the kids knocking on the door, or you are doing some else (like me), you should still appreciate this neat gif (yes, that’s pronounced… etc) This was taken from the Smithsonian Tumblr, where they say: […]
Is Hili becoming a tad less narcissistic? A: What happened? There is a pillow beside you and you are lying on naked leather. Hili: I’m mortifying myself for peace. In Polish: Ja: Co się stało, obok leży poduszka, a ty leżysz na gołej skórze? Hili: Umartwiam się na rzecz pokoju.
This wonderful video of the Ohio State University marching band performing at halftime of OSU’s game with Penn State was made just last Saturday, but already has over four million views on YouTube. Watch and see why. It’s a tribute to Hollywood’s blockbusters. Don’t miss the T. rex nomming the bandleader; that parts starts at […]
by Matthew Cobb Whatever you’re doing, take a break and watch this 4:30 min BBC TV Interlude from the 1950s. We sure knew how to enjoy ourselves!
Hili: Have you read Jerry’s piece about ants?* Malgorzata: Of course, after all, I did translate it. Hili: I wonder if he had any common ancestor with the anteater? In Polish: Hili: Czytałaś ten artykuł Jerrego o mrówkach? Małgorzata: Oczywiście, przecież to ja go tłumaczyłam. Hili: Zastanawiam się, czy on miał jakiegoś wspólnego przodka z […]
The phylum Arthropoda contains four major living groups, usually considered subphyla: Hexapoda (insects and a few other groups like springtails), Myriapoda (mostly centipedes and millipedes), Chelicerata (spiders, scorpions, horseshoe crabs, mites, etc.) and Crustacea (crabs, lobsters, barnacles, shrimp, etc.). Trilobites, which are extinct, are classed as another subphylum. The first three of these living groups […]
For the past couple of weeks squirrels have been scarce on my windowsill, though the nuts, seeds, and acorns I leave out mysteriously disappear. Occasionally I’d get a glimpse of Mother Squirrel—who had a litter a while back—with distended teats, implying that there was a second litter in the works. (Grey squirrels typically have two […]
by Matthew Cobb This gif (yes, that’s pronounced, etc ) was tw**ted by @Lizzie_Crouch. It shows the sun in different wavelengths. It was posted on this Tumblr blog, but as is often the case with Tumblr, there’s no indication of where it originally came from. If anyone knows who made it, which are the wavelengths, and […]